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Thu 31st July 2014 23:41 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 30th July
Total of 40 species including: Marbled Green, Set Hebrew Character, Sallow Kitten, Iron Prominent, Herald, Scorched Carpet, Nut-tree Tussock, Ruby Tiger, Brussels Lace, FFY Cloaked Minor.  Micros: Udea ferrugalis & prunella, Mompha propinquella, Acleris laterana/comariana, Eudonia mercurella, Pleuroptya ruralis, Agriphila tristella
Thu 31st July 2014 16:51 by Simon Breeze
Durlston NNR - 30/7
A few migrants attracted last night amongst the 70+ species, including 15 Four-spotted Footman, smaller numbers of Rusty-dot Pearl, Diamond Back, Silver Y, Dark Sword-grass and the Nationally Scarce Webb's Wainscot.
Thu 31st July 2014 09:57 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland - 30th July
Numbers still down and just 41 species.  Copper Underwing, Common Plume, Dark Spectacle, Magpie, Small Phoenix and Lychnis among the regular visitors, and no immigrants.  An evening walk in a suitably boggy area of the county added Crambus silvella to the list.
Thu 31st July 2014 08:26 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 30th July
A total of only 33 species including 1 Marbled Green, 1 Gold Spot and 1 female Oak Eggar
Thu 31st July 2014 07:45 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 30th July
Only 62 species in smaller numbers. Of note was NFR Epermenia aequidentellus. Also, Diamond-back, Rusty-dot Pearl (2), Four-spotted Footman (5), Oak Eggar, Poplar Hawk-moth, Iron Prominent (2), Prays ruficeps (4),
Wed 30th July 2014 22:35 by Phyl England
Swanage(Durlston) 29th July
Slightly fewer moths on a breezier night. FFG was Dusky Sallow and Small Emerald. Also Mocha,Jersey Tiger(6), Scorched Carpet, Sharp-angled Carpet and Pine Hawkmoth. There were 6 Four-spotted Footman, 5 female and 1 male a Silver Y and 5 Rusty-dot Pearl.
Wed 30th July 2014 21:37 by Richard Cottle
Tincleton, 29th July
Over 400 moths, the catch being dominated by Dingy Footman (143, and that's not counting the ones that flew off). Of the other species, notables were the first garden record of Southern Wainscot and the very tiny Bucculatrix ulmella. Singles of Ypsolopha scabrella, Agapeta zoegana (orange form), White-spotted Pug, Gold Spot, Cabbage Moth, Small Wainscot and Rosy Rustic were all NFY.
Wed 30th July 2014 13:05 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 29.7.14 125W MV
First trap for a while.  171 individuals of 56 species (so far).  Highlights: Udea ferrugalis (2), Euzophera pinguis (FFG), Maiden's Blush, Phoenix, Small Waved Umber, Black Arches (below), Four-spotted Footman (FFG), Ruby Tiger (2), Dusky Sallow (FFG), Silver Y (3).

2033 Black Arches 03 Copyright: Mike Hetherington

Wed 30th July 2014 10:54 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland - 29th July
Many nice routine summer species again, but a big drop in numbers compared with recent nights. Dark Spectacle, Dark Arches, Least Yellow Underwing, Coxcomb Prominent, Oak Eggar, Lychnis, Clouded Border, Ruby Tiger, Silver Y, Diamond-back Moth, Pyrausta aurata and Cydia splendana were among those trapped.
Tue 29th July 2014 21:33 by Paul Harris
Parley 28/7
Tree-lichen Beauty and White-line Dart (confirmed from photos) Captain P Baker.
Tue 29th July 2014 19:25 by Vince Giavarini
Studland Heath 28 July 2014
Good turn out of Volunteers to see over 70 macro moths counted out of the traps. Haul included Bullrush Wainscot, White-line Dart, first Festoon of the year, Silver Hook, Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, Chevron, a scatter of Sharp-angled Peacock, Bordered Beauty, pristine Pine Hawk-moths, Sallow Kitten, Four-spotted Footman, a Kent Black Arches, Shore Wainscot, two Double Kidney and a Waved Umber.  (Failed miserably to get the target species: Small Chocolate-tip).

....with Jenny Seawright, John Winterbottom, Jim White and Dave Brown (NT)

Tue 29th July 2014 16:34 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 28/7
Best here Webb's Wainscot, Ear Moth and Dark Arches.
Tue 29th July 2014 16:22 by Jack Oughton
25th July Alners Gorse
176 species from traps/netting/sugar. Including Eulamprotes atrella, Anarsia spartiella, Phtheochroa inopiana, Acleris literana, Acleris emargana, Hedya salicella, Scalloped Hook-tip, Oak Hook-tip, Mocha, Birch Mocha, Small Scallop, Maple Pug, Scorched Carpet, Bordered Beauty, August Thorn, September Thorn, Buff Footman, Four-spotted Footman, Sycamore, Old Lady, Double Kidney, Olive, Lunar-spotted Pinion, Mere Wainscot, Bulrush Wainscot, Twin-spotted Wainscot, Oak Nycteoline & Herald.
Tue 29th July 2014 10:28 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland - 28th July
Mostly routine fare again.  Immigrants: Udea ferrugalis, Silver Y (including one f. gammina) and Plutella xylostella.  Larger species included the very beautiful Canary-shouldered Thorn, plus Dark Spectacle, Pale Prominent, Oak Eggar, July Highflyer, Cloaked Minor and Ruby Tiger.  And the micros included: Alucita hexadactyla the Twenty-plume Moth, Acleris laterana/comariana, Mompha propinquella and Yponomeuta plumbella.
Mon 28th July 2014 08:56 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 27th July
A relatively colder night with only 36 species including 1 fresh Blood-vein and 1 Mocha (what a spectacular moth).
Sun 27th July 2014 22:58 by Phyl England
Swanage(Durlston) 26th July
First for year, Canary-shouldered Thorn, Shark and Maidens Blush. Good Tiger numbers- Ruby(14), Jersey (4) and Garden(5). Also Dark Sword Grass ,Four-spotted Footman,(4 female, 2 male), Silver Y,(6).. Micro highlights were Diamond -back Moth (3), Evergestis limbata and Oncocera semirubella.
Sun 27th July 2014 21:43 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 26/7
Best here my third ever Mocha. Good back up selection including 3rd recent Campion, Tawny Speckled Pug, Small Emerald, Bordered Beauty (2), Slender Brindle (3), Purple Thorn (2), Chocolate-tip, Dog's Tooth.

2019 Chocolate-tip 05 Copyright: Paul Harris

1676 Mocha 03 Copyright: Paul Harris

Sun 27th July 2014 13:18 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland - 26th July
A few from Saturday night's catch of 73 species: Mocha, Pale Prominent, Dark Spectacle, Cloaked Minor, Phoenix, Lappet, Dusky Sallow, Iron Prominent, Orthopygia glaucinalis (probably using the plentiful thatch around here), and a single Diamond-back Moth.
Sun 27th July 2014 11:02 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 26th July
56 species including 1 Coronet, 2 Sharp-angled Peacock, 2 Dusky Thorn, 1 July High-flyer, 1 Dun-bar, 1 Mocha, 1 Barred Rivulet, 1 Apple Leaf Skeletoniser
Sun 27th July 2014 10:59 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 25th July
42 species including 3 Mocha, 1 Ghost Moth, 1 Pebble Hook-tip, 1 July High-flyer
Sun 27th July 2014 10:57 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 24th July
60 species including 1 Vestal, 1 Mocha, 1 Iron Prominent, 1 Honeysuckle Moth, 1 Shark, 1 Coronet, 2 Ringed China-mark
Sun 27th July 2014 10:07 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 26 July
128 species.  3 Diamond-back, 3 Rush Veneer, 17 Four-spotted Footman (incl. 3 females) and 1 Silver Y. FFG a male Vapourer.  FFY August Thorn.  Other good moths: a full set of China-marks including Beautiful, 2 Oak Eggar, 1 Scorched Carpet, 1 Small Phoenix and 1 Gold Spot.  A very pink Small Wainscot had me puzzled for a while.
Sun 27th July 2014 10:01 by Julian Francis
Sun 27th July 2014 09:51 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 25th July
Around 570 of 90 species: Coxcomb, Pebble, Iron & Swallow Prominent, Chinese Character, Purple & August Thorn, Lg Emerald, 2(f)Drinker, Privet Hawk, Mocha, Silver Y.  FFY Rosy Rustic.  Of total species, 20 micros inc: A.variegana & forsskaleana, Y.plumbella, H rufescens, P.conwagana, C.unitella, P.xylostella (some yet to ID/confirm) 15.9 degs C
Sat 26th July 2014 16:44 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland - 24th July
A reasonable selection from 300+ including: Trachycera advenella, Small Dotted Buff, Pale Prominent, Pebble Prominent, Lychnis, Small Waved Umber and Dark Spectacle.  The best of the catch was a Barred Rivulet.
Sat 26th July 2014 10:33 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 25/7
Another Campion and Slender Brindle plus some good garden rarities in the form of Horse Chestnut, Plain Pug and Least Carpet.

2166 Campion 02 Copyright: Paul Harris

Fri 25th July 2014 23:24 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 24/7
Slender Brindle, Oak Eggar and female Ringed China-mark worth a mention.
Fri 25th July 2014 23:07 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 24th July
Increasing numbers with 750 of 120 species including Purple-bar, Oak Eggar, Herald, Sharp-angled Peacock, Wormwood Pug, Sm Phoenix, Marbled Green & Beauty, Iron Prominent, (7)Mocha FFY Gold Spot, Lime-speck Pug, Bordered Beauty FFG Sm Dotted Buff, Scarce Silver-lines Micros inc: Small & Ringed China-mark, Anania coronata, Agapeta hamana, Plutella xylostella, Pyraustra aurata, P pentadactyla FFY Nomophila noctuella, Oegoconia, A brockeella (16.8 degs C)
Fri 25th July 2014 16:38 by Phyl England
Swanage (Durlston ) 24th July
A good variety of species,the highlight being 14 Four-spotted Footman including 4 females. Also Muslin Footman, IRosy Footman (41), singles of Ruby,Garden and Jersey Tigers and first for year Scorched Carpet, ,Pebble and Oak Hooktip ,Pale Prominent and Pine Hawkmoth. Also firstPalpita vitrealis and 2 evergestis limbata
Fri 25th July 2014 11:45 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 24 July
118 species with a few micros to ID.  1 Ethmia dodecea, 1 Rush Veneer, 17 Four-spotted Footman (incl. 1 female), 1 Silver Y and 1 Cream-bordered Green Pea.  FFY Canary-shouldered Thorn and Dusky Thorn.  Also 1 male Phoenix, 1 Coxcomb Prominent, some very pretty Rosy Minors (with fiery pink coloring) and 1 Ear sp (maybe not Ear this time),
Fri 25th July 2014 10:57 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 24th July
473 moths of 122 species (with still a few more micros to ID), with highlights being Campion (NFR), True Lover's Knot (3), Jersey Tiger (2), Four-spotted Footman (12 males, 4 females), Square-spot Rustic (NFY), Saltern Ear (2), Gem (NFY), Oidaematophorus lithodactyla (Dusky Plume), Anarsia spartiella, Batrachedra praeangusta (NFY), Acleris laterana (NFY), Cosmopterix pulchrimella, Diamond-back Moth (3), Bryotropha senectella, Bedellia somnulentella (NFY) & Prays ruficeps (8).
Fri 25th July 2014 09:44 by Jack Oughton
22nd July

A Chalk Carpet near Portesham.

24th July

Evening near Hardys Monument was 2 Caryocolum blandella (NFR). Also a Ghost Moth

Fri 25th July 2014 01:10 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 24th July
Good numbers with 70+ species: Broad-bordered(FFY), Least, Lesser Broad-bordered, Lesser & Large Yellow Underwing,, V-Pug, Ear Moth(agg) FFY Canary-shouldered Thorn.  Micros: Catoptria falsella, P.conwagana, Crassa unitella, Euzophera pinguis FFY Hypsopygia glaucinalis
Thu 24th July 2014 21:07 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 23/7
A half decent variety but nothing too out of the ordinary apart from my first Campion for 10 years. Otherwise Dusky Sallow (3), Gold Spot, Black Arches, Double Lobed, Oak Hook-tip, Vapourer (2), Small Waved Umber, Clay Triple-lines, Twin-spotted Wainscot (3) and Brown-veined Wainscot. Calamotropha paludella (2) the best of the pyrales.
Thu 24th July 2014 16:28 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland - 23rd July
A decent total of 490 of 80 species, not including many troublesome Coleophora. Micros included: Batia unitella, Acleris forsskaleana, Ypsolopha dentella the Honeysuckle Moth and Pyrausta aurata.  Larger moths included: Dusky Thorn, Purple Bar, Black Arches, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Dusky Sallow, Ruby Tiger, Lychnis, Double-striped Pug, Yellow-tail, Knot Grass and Brimstone.  And of course many legions of assorted Footmen.  A Vapourer larva was also wandering about in one of the traps and is now happily taking apple leaves.
Thu 24th July 2014 16:18 by Clive Pinder
Chickerell July 23rd
Best here were Calamotropha paludella, Bloxworth Snout and 7 Kent Black Arches; the only migrant, a Silver Y.
Thu 24th July 2014 01:11 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 22nd July
Highest gdn count of approaching 600 / 70 species: Swallow, Pale & Pebble Prominent, Pebble & Oak Hook-tip, Large Emerald, Sallow Kitten, Mocha, Shaded Broad Bar, Blue-bordered Carpet, Clay, FFY Least Yellow U/W.  Micros: Carcina quercina, Alucita hexadactyla, Mompha propinquella, Acleris variegana Pammene regiana
Wed 23rd July 2014 22:20 by Richard Cottle
Tincleton, 23rd July
100 species recorded for the first time this year. And, a great selection too, with the highlights being first garden records for Dingy Mocha (to be confirmed), Evergestis limbata and the small, but stunning Mompha locupletella.  Other notables included Beautiful Snout (2), Euzophera pinguis, Prays ruficeps, 18 Four-spotted Footman of which 6 were female (a relatively high proportion at light) and Kent Black Arches. Migrants were represented by a single Small Mottled Willow, Rush Veneer and 8 Diamondback.
Wed 23rd July 2014 22:05 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 22nd July
55 species including 1 Dusky Thorn, 1 Mocha, 1 Small Rivulet, 1 Light Arches, Brussels Lace, 1 Tawny Speckled Pug, 1 Black Arches, 1 Marbled Green, 1 Lychnis
Wed 23rd July 2014 18:48 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 22/7
Best here only my second ever Brown-line Bright-eye. Also 6 Twin-spotted and 2 Brown-veined Wainscots plus Purple Thorn and Scarce Silver-lines.
Wed 23rd July 2014 15:54 by Simon Breeze
Durlston NNR

A few migrants last night, including: Splendid Brocade Four-spotted Footman Diamond Back Dark Sword-grass Silver-Y White-point

Wed 23rd July 2014 15:33 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 22nd July
Small numbers of individuals with only 276 moths, but still 90 species, with higher numbers of micros than usual. New for recorder were Acleris forsskaleana, Epinotia ramella, and Cydia fagiglandana. Also Prays ruficeps (2), Borkhausenia fuscesens (2), Roeslerstammia erxlebella, Cosmopterix pulchrimella, Diamond-back Moth (5), Four-spotted Footman (4), Black Arches (2), Silver Y (2), Vapourer, Marbled Green & Oak Eggar.
Wed 23rd July 2014 12:38 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland - 22th July
Micros included: Small China-mark and Scrobopalpa costella, and among the larger moths: Lime-speck Pug, Least Yellow Underwing and Rosy Rustic.  Immigrants: just singles of Diamond-backed Moth and Silver Y.
Tue 22nd July 2014 21:13 by Paul Harris
West Bexington
For interest: a photo of the Melissoblaptes zelleri taken by Dave Foot and Phil Sterling at the weekend.

1429 Melissoblaptes zelleri 01 Copyright: Paul Harris

Tue 22nd July 2014 20:18 by Vince Giavarini
Shell Bay, North Haven Peninsula 21 July
About 35 macro-moth species trapped overnight. Seasonal flavour with Large Emerald, Canary-shouldered Thorn, Black Arches, Knot Grass, Drinker, White-line Dart and a very stressed form of the Marbled Green that is recognised as a variant (thanks to Sean Foote for spotting it...also, a good likeness of this f. is shown in Manley). Good range of Wainscots with Mathew's, Small, Shore, Twin-spotted and a Webb's.

Vince Giavarini & Jenny Seawright

Tue 22nd July 2014 17:38 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 21/7
The run of interesting pyrales continues with a Pyrausta nigrata. Otherwise rather poor with Small Waved Umber and Dark Spectacle worth a mention.

1366 Pyrausta nigrata 02 Copyright: Paul Harris

Tue 22nd July 2014 15:50 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 21st July
42 species including 2 Mocha, 1 Light Emerald, 1 Pale Prominent, 1 Yponomeuta plumbella, 1 Ypolopha dentella, 1 Brussels Lace, 1 Large Yellow Underwing, helped abley by my 5 year old grandson.
Tue 22nd July 2014 11:14 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 21 July
Warm and dark.  95 species including 5 Diamond-back, 3 Four-spotted Footman (incl. a female) and 1 Dark Sword-grass.  FFG 1 Marbled Green.  Also a very pretty Large Emerald.
Tue 22nd July 2014 09:03 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 18 July
Mystery macro turned out to be FFG Fen Wainscot.  Thanks to Les for the ID.
Tue 22nd July 2014 00:43 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 20th July
Good number of around 560 / 80 species: 2 each of Sallow Kitten, Cabbage Moth, singles of Poplar Grey, Common Carpet, Pebble Prominent, Dot Moth FFY Black Arches FFG Ear Moth, Dark Spectacle, Dun-bar.  Micros: Crassa Unitella, Euzophera pinguis, Anania crocealis, Udea olivalis, Agapeta hamana FFG Lozotaeniodes formosana, Acleris aspersana (15.2 degs C)
Mon 21st July 2014 22:29 by Jack Oughton
21st July Portland-Portesham
Highlight of the day was the moths from the Bird Obs, walking home produced few species, with species of note being 2 Chalk Carpets on Portland and Phyllocnistis xenia mines at two different sites along the Fleet lagoon.
Mon 21st July 2014 22:27 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 20th July
350 moths of 82 species. Of note were Fern, Jersey Tiger (4), Four-spotted Footman (15), Vapourer, Saltern Ear, Lobesia abscisana, Nomophila noctuella, Udea furrugalis, Diamond-back (8), & Prays ruficeps (2)
Mon 21st July 2014 18:55 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 20/7
Another new pyrale here in the form of Catoptria margaritella, also Donacaula forficella and Phycita roborella of note. Best of the macros were White Satin, Small Rufous, two each of Twin-spotted and Brown-veined Wainscot, Dog's Tooth, Clay Triple-lines, and Purple Thorn.
Mon 21st July 2014 13:22 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 20th July
49 species including 2 Dot Moth, 1 Swallow-tailed Moth, 1 Bordered Beauty, 1 Yellow Shell, 1 Ypsolopha dentella
Mon 21st July 2014 13:19 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 19th July
42 species including 1 Small Emerald, 1 Dot Moth, 1 Large Yellow Underwing, 1 Green Pug, 1 Bordered Beuty
Mon 21st July 2014 12:07 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland - 20th July
Mostly routine fare, but a nice selection again.  Micros included: Helcystogramma rufescens, the tiny though beautiful, all-white Elachista argentella, Catoptria falsella, Agriphila straminella, Plutella porrectella and Ringed China-mark.  Among the larger moths were: Green Silver-lines, July Highflyer, Knot Grass, Early Thorn, Small Phoenix, Herald and Chocolate-tip.  Immigrants remain at a very low level here with just two Diamond-back Moth trapped overnight.
Mon 21st July 2014 00:48 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 19th July
Highest numbers this year with 540+ of 70 species: Sharp-angled Peacock, Ruby Tiger, Scorched & Red Twin-spot Carpet, Lssr/Broad-bordered/Large Yellow U/Wing, Shaded Broad-bar, Brown Scallop, Lg Emerald, Mocha.  Micros included: Catopteria falsella, Carcina quercana, Udea ferrugalis, Clepsis consimilana, (7)Plutella xylostella, Amblyptilia pallidactyla, H.rufescens, Acrobasis advenella (14.4 degs C)
Sun 20th July 2014 22:18 by Phyl England
Swanage (Durlston)19thJuly
Not quite so many as previous nights but still a good variety of species. Notable were Dark Sword-grass (2), Four-spotted Footman(5 with just 1 female).  Diamond -back Moth(4) and Evergistis limbata. Also Poplar Grey first for garden.
Sun 20th July 2014 21:49 by Richard Cottle
Tincleton,19th July
Returned from holiday to find that I had missed the best mothing weather of the year so far, but the returns from last night were still good. Footman species out in force with over 100 Dingy Footman and 40+ of Rosy Footman and Common Footman along with 18 Four-spotted Footman. Highlights of the 400+ moths were NF garden Marsh Oblique-barred and Epermenia aequidentellus, also of note were Festoon and 5 Ostrinia nubialis. Migrants represented by singles of Dark Sword Grass, Rush Veneer and Diamond back. Weather for next week looks great - so hope that the trapping is good for all.
Sun 20th July 2014 19:56 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 19th July
88 species, of note were Anacampsis populella & Yponomeuta sedella, both NFR.

Also Crescent Dart, Jersey Tiger, Four-spotted Footman (8), Silver Y, Diamond-back Moth (9), Prays ruficeps (3), Epinotia signatana & Synaphe punctalis.

Sun 20th July 2014 12:20 by Martin Raper
Beaminster 19th July
Kent Black Arches first time for the garden. Of interest for us were E. Corn-borer, Yellow-tail, Pebble Hook-tip and Herald. First ones of the season for Lesser Broad-bordered and Lesser Yellow Underwings
Sun 20th July 2014 09:15 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 19 July
Cooler after all the rain, and less moths - 84 species.  3 Diamond-back, 1 European Corn Borer and 3 Four-spotted Footman.  Short-cloaked Moth was good see and not common here.
Sun 20th July 2014 07:13 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 19/7
A return to normality, only moths worth a mention were Maple Pug and True Lover's Knot.
Sat 19th July 2014 20:18 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 18/7/14
Traps this morning were rammed with moths, my undoubted highlight was the rare pyrale Mecyna flavalis, a new moth for here. Next best an Acrobasis tumidana as well as Calamotropha paludella, Dioryctria simplicella and Apomyelois bistriatella. Good list of macros as well; Scallop Shell, Vapourer, Brown-veined Wainscot (3), Ear Moth, Dusky Sallow, Bordered Sallow, Dark Spectacle, Small Dotted Buff, Fen Wainscot (2), Small Rivulet (6), rounded off by an astonishing 50+ Cydia splendana.

1396 Mecyna flavalis 02 Copyright: Paul Harris

1435 Conobathra tumidana 02 Copyright: Paul Harris

Sat 19th July 2014 20:09 by Paul Harris
Preston, Weymouth 18/7/14
A couple of cracking records from Ricky Lambert: the rare pyrale Psammotis pulveralis and the even rarer Clouded Magpie, presumably the first Weymouth/Portland record.

1885 Clouded Magpie 02 Copyright: Paul Harris

1383 Psammotis pulveralis 02 Copyright: Paul Harris

Sat 19th July 2014 16:43 by David Foot
West Bexington
Traps produced splendid brocade, vestal, peacock, wood carpet, channel island pug, four spotted footman, dark spectacle, pine hawk, olive, least carpet, and very surprisingly a marsh oblique-barred.
Sat 19th July 2014 13:01 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 18 July
Thunder storms and heavy downpours but still very large numbers of moths.  119 species from two traps with about 10 micros still to ID.  12 Diamond-back Moths, 3 European Corn Borers and 10 Four-spotted Footman. Also of interest were Small Yellow Wave, Black Arches, Brown-tail (rare here) and 2 Ear sps (probably Ear subject to Les's determination).
Sat 19th July 2014 12:48 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland - 18th July
Humid again with rain showers and more thunder.  Micros included: Cydia splendana, Gypsonoma dealbana, Acrobasis suavella, Yponomeuta plumbella, Bird-cherry Ermine and the lovely Beautiful China-mark.  The nice summer variety of larger moth species included: Scarlet Tiger (on the vanes again, but never yet in the traps), Engrailed, Brussels Lace, Shark, July Highflyer, Marbled White Spot, Ruby Tiger, Early Thorn and good numbers of CoronetDiamond-back Moth again provided the only evidence of immigration with eleven present.
Sat 19th July 2014 12:04 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 18th July
Another great night in Yetminster with 65 species, including 1 Toadflax Pug, 2 Mocha, 1 Peppered Moth, 1 Vestal, 2 Dot Moth, 1 Straw Dot, 1 Small Rivulet, 1 Kent Black Arches, 1 Dusky Sallow, 1 Sycamore, 1 Marbled Green. Good night for micros.
Fri 18th July 2014 20:45 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 17th July
A great night in Yetminster with 65 plus species, including 1 Pebble Prominent, 1 Iron Prominent, 2 July High-flyer, 1 Lunar-spotted Pinion, 1 Large Emerald, 1 Minor Shoulder-knot, 1 Double-striped Pug, ! Small White Wave, Euzophera pinguis, 1 Crassa unitella, 1 Agapeta zoegana. Excellent selection of micros, many of which escaped before identification.
Fri 18th July 2014 20:12 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland - 17th July
A very humid and at times thundery night produced over 400 moths of 90+ species.  Micros included: Meal Moth, Plutella porrectella, Pyrausta aurata, Gypsonoma dealbana, Cydia splendana, Caloptria falsella, Hedya nubiferana, Swammerdamia pyrella, Cochylis roseana and Mompha subbistrigella.  Among the highly varied selection of larger moths were: Scarlet Tiger, Oak Eggar, Festoon, Bordered Beauty, Brown-tail, Yellow-tail, Swallow-tailed Moth, Sycamore, Small Emerald, Herald, and Ruby Tiger.  The only representative from the immigrants was a solitary Diamond-back Moth.

1673 Small Emerald 02 Copyright: Will Bown

Fri 18th July 2014 19:26 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 17/7
Tawny Shears a real garden rarity. Also Double Lobed and Green Silver-lines best of rest. 10+ Cydia splendana in the traps were a hint of something happening as none seen in the traps until today.
Fri 18th July 2014 15:42 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 17th July
Around 350 of 80 species: Purple Bar, Light Arches, Sm & Common Emerald, Oak Hook-tip, Sycamore, Clay FFY Ruby Tiger.  Amongst numerous micros: Acrobasis marmorea, Pyrausta aurata, Agriphilia tristella, Cydia splendana, P.conwagana, Spilonota ocellana FFG Pammene regiana (thundery/ drizzle 17.4 degs C)
Fri 18th July 2014 13:40 by Paul Harris
Dead Old Lady found in car park at Dorset County Hospital.
Fri 18th July 2014 11:25 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 17 July
Very warm with a thunder storm around 3am.  100 species including 1 Evergestis limbata (photo on the DMG Facebook page).  I has two last year so maybe they are resident around Tolpuddle?  Also 1 European Corn-borer, 2 Silver Y and 7 Four-spotted Footman (including a female).  A female Ghost, a male Phoenix and a Small Purple-barred were good finds in the traps.
Thu 17th July 2014 21:49 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 16/7
Double Lobed the best here. Corn-borer now a daily occurrence so presumably local.
Thu 17th July 2014 21:22 by Jack Oughton
17th July
An evening walk at Hardy's Monument produced several species, of which Chevron was best.
Thu 17th July 2014 17:43 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 16th July
Around 220 of 70 species: Large & Lesser Yellow U/Wing, Pebble Hook-tip, Flounced Rustic, Rosy, Buff & Dingy (1 stramineola) Footman, Dot & Short-cloaked Moth, Chinese Character, Nut-tree Tussock, Sm Rivulet, Mocha, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Marbled Green, Burnished Brass.  Micros: Euzophera pinguis, Amblyptilia punctidactyla, Acleris forsskaleana, Cataclysta lemnata, Eucosma cana, Celypha lacunana & striana, Spilonota ocellana (15.1 degs C)
Thu 17th July 2014 14:00 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 16th July
345 moths of 84 species, with Plutella porrectella being new for recorder. Also, Canary-shouldered Thorn (NFY, 2), Four-spotted Footman (15), Small Yellow Wave, Haworth's Pug, Buff Footman (NFY), True Lover's Knot, Aethes rubigana, & Euzophera pinguis (NFY).
Thu 17th July 2014 13:49 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland - 16th July
Micros overnight included: Lozotaenia forsterana, Trachycera (Acrobasis) suavella, Scrobipalpa acuminatella, Phycitodes binaevella and Eucosma hohenwartiana. A nice selection of larger moths included: Plain Golden Y, Yellow-tail, Scalloped Oak, Clouded Border, Beautiful Hook-tip, Early Thorn, V-Pug, Buff Footman, Phoenix, Dusky Sallow, Smoky Wainscot and Gothic.  No immigrants.
Thu 17th July 2014 11:57 by Clive Pinder
Chickerell July 16th
44 spp. here, including Rhodophaea (=Pempelia) formosa (new to the garden and to me), 3 FFY species Oak Eggar, Double Lobed and Dun-bar, another Eudonia lineola and 2 Kent Black Arches (both fairly regular here) and, the only immigrants, 2 Dark Sword-grass.
Thu 17th July 2014 10:43 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 16th July
40 species including 3 Chinese Character, 2 Clouded Border, 1 Large Emerald, 1 Dot Moth, 1 V-Pug, 1 Straw Dot
Thu 17th July 2014 10:39 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 15th July
23 species including 2 Large Emerald, 2 Chinese Character, 1 Scalloped Oak, 1 Common White Waveb
Wed 16th July 2014 22:05 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 15th July
First time trapping in over a week produced 82 species. Of note were 12 Four-spotted Footman, Black Arches, Dark Spectacle, Haworth's Pug, 2 Marbled Green, Vapourer, 2 Pale Prominent, 3 Prays ruficeps, Phycitodes maritima, Nomophila noctuella & Acleris schalleriana.
Wed 16th July 2014 13:46 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland - 15th July
A drop in numbers but still a fair return.  Micros included: Acrobasis suavella and Aethes rubigana, while the larger moths included: Buff Footman, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Dusky Sallow and Early Thorn.  Two Silver Y the only immigrants present.
Wed 16th July 2014 13:10 by Vince Giavarini trap July 15
Approx 45 species dominated by Common Emerald, E. flammealis, A. coronata, Bright-line Brown-eye and Riband Wave. Two Birds Wing and August Thorn of note. Also...among the micros U. lutealis, C. falsella, E. mercurella, H. glaucinalis and C. quercana.
Wed 16th July 2014 12:06 by Clive Pinder
Chickerell July 15th
45 species included Eudonia lineola, FFY Mullein Wave, Jersey Tiger, Coronet and Ear Moth agg plus 2 Kent Black Arches and a Silver Y.
Wed 16th July 2014 07:53 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 15/7
Buff Footman the best here, also Saltern Ear.
Tue 15th July 2014 18:51 by Jack Oughton
15th July
Scobipalpa suaedella and Chrysoesthia sexguttella at Ferrybridge (the latter being new for recorder), and a walk around Portland produced several species, notably Portland Ribbon Wave, Beech-green Carpet (NFR), Hummingbird Hawk-moth, Chalk Carpet (2), Oncocera semirubella, and Grapholita compositella (NFR). Also, the Portland form of Eudonia mercurella and a male Oak Eggar.
Tue 15th July 2014 18:44 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 14th July
29 species including 1 Rosy Footman, 1 Nut-tree Tussock, 2 Light Emerald, 1 Garden Tiger, 2 Small Emerald, 3 Double Square-spot, 1 Chinese Character, 1 Small Rivulet.
Tue 15th July 2014 17:24 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 14/7
A half decent night, the best being the superb pyrale Pempelia genistella. Best of rest were Ear Moth (confirmed by gen det, PS), Striped Wainscot and Scarce Silver-lines. Also a stunning buff-form female Poplar Hawk-moth. Pics to follow.

1443 Pempelia genistella 03 Copyright: Paul Harris

1981 Poplar Hawk-moth 03 Copyright: Paul Harris

Tue 15th July 2014 14:26 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland - 14th July
A total of 310 moths of 73 species, including: Marbled White Spot, Phoenix, Beautiful Hook-tip, Sycamore, Rosy Minor, Dusky Sallow, Peppered Moth and Coronet including some beautiful examples of the dark form coronula.  Singles of Silver Y and Diamond-back Moth represented the only sign of immigration.  Among the micros were: Marbled Orchard Tortrix, Zeiraphera isertana, Agriphila straminella and Aagpeta hamana.
Mon 14th July 2014 12:18 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 13th July
A poor night after the previous night. 20 species including 1 Clouded Border, 1 Common Wave, 1 White Spot, 1 Garden Tiger, 1 Rosy Footman
Mon 14th July 2014 12:14 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 13th July
Around 200 of 50 species: Lt & Common Emerald, Dingy, Muslin & Rosy Footman, Early Thorn, Spectacle, Common Wave.  Micros: Celypha striana, Eudonia mercurella, Pandemis heparana, Aethes rubigana, Udea prunalis (11.2 degs C)
Mon 14th July 2014 10:48 by Vince Giavarini
Poole...July 13th garden trap
Twenty-five macros to MV 125 with Dun-bar and Ribbon Wave the most prolific visitors. Nice to see good numbers of Single-dotted Wave. No 'specials' amongst the catch but Pine Carpet, Dot Moth, Oak Nycteoline and Wormwood Pug all worthy of mention here.
Sun 13th July 2014 20:43 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 12th July
45 species including 3 Chinese Character, 1 Common Emerald, 1 Small Scallop, 1 Peach Blossom, 1 Rosy Footman, 1 Nut-tree Tussock, 1 Short-cloaked Moth
Sun 13th July 2014 20:39 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 11th July
28 species including 1 Nut-tree Tussock, 1 Cinnabar
Sun 13th July 2014 20:38 by Colin Burningham
10th July Yetminster
31 species including 2 Scalloped Oak, 3 Small Blood-vein, 1 Pyrausta aurata, 1 Hypsopygia costalis
Sun 13th July 2014 08:40 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 12/7
Been away for a week and moth numbers certainly seem higher last night. Best were: Gem, Common Lutestring and Dark Spectacle.
Sat 12th July 2014 23:25 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 11th July
Around 170 of 25 Micro / 37 Macro species: Sm Yellow Wave, Short-cloaked Moth, Sm Phoenix, V-Pug, Marbled Green, Sm Emerald, Yellow-tail, Magpie, Chinese Character.  Amongst the micros: Celypha striana, Ringed China-mark, Diamond-back, Archips Xylosteana, Agapeta hamana, Eudonia angustea (15.4 degs C)
Sat 12th July 2014 21:42 by Jack Oughton
Morden Bog 11th July
A very good night producing (currently) 138 species. The target species of Reed Leopard (2) was achieved as well as other nice species which follow: Festoon, Elachista serricornis, Monochroa suffusella (11), Chilo phragmitella (21) Donacaula mucronellus (2), Pempelia genistella (3), Dingy Mocha, Rosy Wave (5), Lesser Cream Wave, Purple-bordered Gold, Dotted Border Wave (9), Plain Wave (11), Chevron, Ruddy Highflyer, Sharp-angled Carpet, Horse Chestnut (59), Dark Tussock (2), Round-winged Muslin (90), Striped Wainscot (68), Silky Wainscot, Silver Hook, Cream-bordered Green Pea, Pinion-streaked Snout and Marsh Oblique-barred (6).

0160 Reed Leopard 03 Copyright: Jack Oughton Reed Leopard

0173 Festoon 02 Copyright: Jack Oughton Festoon

1692 Lesser Cream Wave 02 Copyright: Jack Oughton Lesser Cream Wave

1779 Ruddy Highflyer 02 Copyright: Jack Oughton Ruddy Highflyer

2485 Marsh Oblique-barred 02 Copyright: Jack Oughton Marsh Oblique-barred

Fri 11th July 2014 22:49 by Phyl England
Swanage (Durlston) 10th July
Numbers increasing with 66 macro species. Highlight was Rosy Wave - new for garden. Also Dark Sword-grass, Small Angleshades, Peach Blossom (2), Four-spotted Footman, Barred Straw and Swallow Prominent.
Fri 11th July 2014 11:00 by Clive Pinder
Chickerell July 10th
A Small Rivulet, only the third recorded here in 9 years, a FFY Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing and a Kent Black Arches were the best here.
Fri 11th July 2014 10:00 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 9th July
170 of 45 species: Sm Angle Shades & Blood-vein, Barred Straw, Pale Prominent, Nut-tree Tussock FFY Lssr Broad-bordered Yellow U/W, Wormwood Pug.  Micros inc: P conwagana, Udea prunalis, Archips podana FFY Anania coronata (breezy 11.5 degs C)
Wed 9th July 2014 23:07 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 8th July
Around 260 of 60 species: Sandy Carpet, Fan-foot & Sm Fan-foot, Scalloped Oak, Purple Thorn, Dingy Footman, Smoky Wainscot Micros: Ancylis achatana, Udea prunalis, Eudonia lacustrata & mercurella, Pandemis cerasana
Wed 9th July 2014 18:41 by Vince Giavarini
8 July near the ferry end of Studland Heath
Here the pickings were thinner than in the Studland woodland but still some good moths. Shore Wainscot, Small Seraphim, Silky Wainscot, Rosy Footman, Miller and Slender Pug the pick. (Correction from previous post Sharp-angled Carpet = Sharp-angled Peacock).
Wed 9th July 2014 18:33 by Vince Giavarini
8 July...Studland Heath Discovery Centre...with John Winterbotto
Approx 50 macros in the catch...and probably more as we turned up late. The trap included Large Emerald, Small Scallop, Sharp-angled Carpet, Bordered Beauty, Brussels Lace and Slender Brindle.
Wed 9th July 2014 17:46 by Phyl England
Swanage(Durlston) Monday 7th July
With 61 macro species in the trap -difficult to pick out the more notable.Footman were plentiful, more uncommon being Rosy Footman(3), Muslin Footman and Four-spotted Footman ( 4 all males). Also first Dark Sword-grassof the year, Drinker (2) andLappet.
Sat 5th July 2014 17:33 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 4th July
On a poor rainy night, 22 species including 2 Ghost moths, 1 Early Thorn, 1 Drinker, 1 Swallow-tailed, 2 Poplar Hawkmoth, 1 Fern, 1 Dot Moth, 1 Mother of pearl.
Fri 4th July 2014 23:23 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 3rd July
150 of 53 species including Swallow-tailed, Buff Arches, Rosy Footman, Foxglove Pug, Ghost, Sycamore, Fanfoot, Poplar Grey, Coronet FFY Yellow-tail, Marbled Green, Early Thorn.  Amongst the micros: Celypha striana, Agapeta hamana, Pempelia formosa, Pleuroptya ruralis (14.7 degs C)
Fri 4th July 2014 19:00 by Lawrie de Whalley
Winterborne Stickland 03.07.2014 Lawrie de Whalley
Garden Tiger 15, Small Elephant Hawk 7, Elephant Hawk 10, The Fern 1, Poplar Hawk 2, Ghost 1, Peppered Moth white 1, Water Carpet 1 new to site, Chrysoteuchia culmella 12 all this group were this one species. 47 species, interesting after a cold or windy spring in this valley.
Fri 4th July 2014 18:45 by Jack Oughton
This Week's Moths
28th June: By day at Hardy's Monument, a second Twin-spot Carpet.

29th June: Evening at Hardy's Monument, new for recorder was a Plain Wave. Also Gold Swift & Pempeliella dilutella. Also, at Portesham hill, there was a Ghost Moth lek.

30th June: By day at Arne, adults of Horse Chestnut & Scythris grandipennis were of note (the latter being new for recorder). Also new for recorder were cases of the bagworm Pachythelia villosella. 0192 Pachythelia villosella 02 Copyright: Jack Oughton

1st July: Evening at Hardy's Monument were Beautiful Snout, Gold Swift, Brachmia blandella & Monochroa cytisella.

2nd July: Netting at Hardy's Monument produced 24 species, including 2 Sandy Carpets & Drinker.

3rd July: By day near Coryates a Small Eggar nest. By day at Hardy's Monument was another Twin-spot Carpet of note.

Fri 4th July 2014 14:51 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 3rd July
33 species including 1 Scorched Carpet, 1 Elephant Hawkmoth, 1 Small Elephant Hawkmoth, 2 Scalloped Oak, 3 Drinker, 1 Buff-tip, 1 Swallow-tailed, 1 Large Emerald, 1 Early Thorn, 1 Muslin Footman, 1 Magpie, 1 Fan-foot.
Thu 3rd July 2014 17:46 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 2nd July
290 moths of 81 species: New for recorder were Small Emerald and Pempelia Formosa. Also of note (in no particular order) were True Lover's Knot (2), Small Rivulet, Small Dotted Buff, Beautiful Hook-tip (3), Coronet (8), Diamond-back Moth & Scallop Shell.
Thu 3rd July 2014 17:08 by Alan Bernard
Coryates 2nd July
Recorder recently relocated from Hertfordshire - so several species not usual for me. Includes Muslin footman, Fox moth (female), True lovers knot, and Brussels lace.
Thu 3rd July 2014 16:40 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 2/7
Haworth's Pug, Scallop Shell and Dingy Shears my best.
Thu 3rd July 2014 10:37 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland - 2nd July
A decent enough haul though pretty much the expected variety for early summer.  The 60 species included: Brachmia blandella, Euzophera pinguis, White Plume, Green Silver-lines, Phoenix, Common Lutestring, Swallow-tailed Moth, Buff Arches, Turnip, Purple Clay, Miller, and a Grey/Dark Dagger.

2284 Grey Dagger 04 Copyright: Will Bown

Thu 3rd July 2014 00:09 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 1st July
140 of 50 species: Drinker, Swallow-tailed, Muslin Footman, Buff Arches, Herald, Eyed Hawk, with FFY Short-cloaked Moth.  Micros included Ancylis achatana, Notocelia uddmanniana, Ditula angustiorana
Wed 2nd July 2014 10:20 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 30th June
Around 120 of 53 species: Shark. Light Arches, Dagger(agg), Sm & Common Emerald, Clay(2), Silver & Plain Golden Y, FFY Rosy Footman, Leopard Moth, Single-dotted Wave.  Micros: Phycitodes binaevella, Eucosma cana, FFY Blastodacna hellerella (11.4 degs C)
Wed 2nd July 2014 09:12 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 1/7
Of note my third Green Arches of the summer, normally less than annual here.
Tue 1st July 2014 23:14 by Phyl England
Swanage (Durlston) 30th June
Memorable only for numbers of Elephant Hawkmoths (23) and Small Elephant Hawkmoths (24). Also Lobster Moth and Silver Y (2).
Tue 1st July 2014 16:48 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 30/6
Highlights were Ethmia dodecea and Small Seraphim.

0718 Ethmia dodecea 04 Copyright: Paul Harris

Tue 1st July 2014 10:04 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland - 30th June
An unprecedented sight here of eight Scarlet Tiger moths flying together around ivy and privet.  They appeared suddenly together at 5pm and just before 6pm, equally suddenly they left.  They rarely settled for more than a few seconds in the whole hour.  The species in the traps overnight included: Sandy Carpet, Smoky Wainscot, a wandering L-album Wainscot, Common Wainscot and Shoulder-striped Wainscot, plus Green Silver-lines and Swallow-tailed Moth.

2068 Scarlet Tiger 05 Copyright: Will Bown